Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Who owns my TIME?

S- Deuteronomy 11:16 -Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

O- The Israelites were getting ready to enter the Promised Land after wandering through the desert for 40 years due to lack of faith in the one true God. The generation that had died off during the wandering had made and worshipped a golden calf. Their descendants are about to enter a land where the people worshiped many false gods and even sacrificed their children to them. They are being reminded one more time not to be influenced by the worship of their neighbors.

A- Though we are sophisticated enough not to worship statues, our environment can entice us to worship many things-possessions, jobs, relationships, ego, addictions. We know this and tend to guard against this. What struck me today is something we don't always think about as being an idol-time. Who owns my time? Time is a precious commodity these days. When I'm busy with my workout at the Y, will I stop and talk to the person who is lonely- even though it will throw off my schedule. Will I throw a few coins at a homeless man or take the time to let him know I consider him to be a part of humanity. Will I sacrifice my children's religious training to our never ending schedule of activities? Am I open to the Holy Spirit's prompting to deviate from my schedule to His?

P Father, forgive me for wanting to be in control of my time. Help me to be available and aware of what you would have me do today to show your love to others. Help me to put your will for my life above my own.

How will you sacrifice your time to God today?

8 comments:

  1. Hi Ruth,
    This is one of my biggest challenges...giving up what I had planned for something I did not expect. In the past I have realized, after the fact, of circumstances God put in my path that I did not act upon. When this happens, I'm always reminded of how selfish and self-centered I can be. I will ask this question today and let you know how it goes...
    Tracey G

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  2. Boy, what a challenge. I thought of this as well on Sunday. My husband was watching something on TV I didn't want to so I went and read more of the book Annie gave me Discerning the Voice of God. Between that and the Dailey reading I felt like I was on a such a spiritual high!! I overwhelmed my husband with my spiritual exuberance. I was so tempted to just go watch a movie on Sunday but that time with God was so much more beneficial. Then I was able to share what I learned with 3 co-workers!

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  3. Thanks for the challenge Ruth that I am hearing from the word concerning time.
    My verse this morning. . .
    Deut 11:19 Teach them to your children, talking to them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

    I have been really challenged to practice spiritual training in all the moments of 'time' that we have together. Praying through the idea of doing scripture memory with the kids again too. Lord help me to put this to action today!

    Ray

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  4. Thanks Ruth for the great reminder and challenge of using our time wisely and for God's glory.
    My verse for today (which coincided w/my verse yesterday, Deut. 7:21=Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.)...

    Deut. 11:25=No man will be able to stand against you. The Lord your God, as he promised you, will put the terror and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.

    After failing miserably yesterday afternoon about feeling or acting loving towards the unloving, I started feeling overwhelmed and defeated by the fact that one person could not possibly make a difference at work because the ungodly eventually bring me down. However, I was able to redeem myself when God sent a long-lost friend to me through email who simply asked that I pray for her because she is going through a sad time right now, dealing with a lot of loss. After I lifted her up in prayer, she sent me a sweet email. I was not only able to forget about my own situation at work, but I was gently reminded that I had prayed that morning for God to give me an opportunity to love someone yestday.

    Now looking at my verses from yesterday and today, I am able to see that God KNOWS what I am up against at work...where there are NO Christians(none, zilch, zero) and where most people are anti-Christian &/or anti-religion.
    He is the One and Only God, Great is He. As long as I remain faithful to Him, he will pave my paths before me...preparing my heart and preparing my work place before I get there, so people will not defeat me.

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  5. Carol, I read Mk 16 and was struck by the fact that when the angel told the women to go and tell the disciples to meet him in Galilee, he said "the disciples, and Peter". Peter undoubtedly felt like a failure for denying that he even knew Jesus those three times. Jesus, knowing he would feel disqualified made it a point to let him know he was still on the team. It encouraged me to know that when I fail he doesn't kick me off the team but welcomes me to continue.

    Wayne

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  6. WOW, I have really enjoyed what everyone has shared so far. My control over 'MY time' can really get to me sometimes too. I get this idea in my head of how my day should go and I get frustrated when it doesn't go that way. By the grace of God I am slowly overcoming this, but I still tend to react with frustration when I start to feel like things are getting off track. Josh will say, "Does it really matter if it all get's done today?" Well no it doesn't, but I can sure convince myself it does! :)

    S: Deut 12:30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their Gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their Gods? We will do the same."

    O: I thought it was interesting that God didn't even want the Israelites to ask how the nations they were invading worshiped their Gods.

    A: The less we know about evil practices the better. When we allow curiosity of evil practices to lead us to seek more into., we allow more opportunities to be tempted. If something is tempting enough, I may stumble and become involved. If I do not know about it, there is less temptation to get involved.

    P: God please help me to remember that just because I do not intend on indulging in a particular sinful practice, it is not safe, or right to seek out knowledge of its practices. Help me to play it safe and resist even the information that could lead me to sin.

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  7. I'm being challenged too because I think that my time is the most precious thing I have. Sadly, I do not consider it as God's property very often. So today I will forget about me and my schedule and live for God and his plan for today :).
    Related to this also is my SOAP of today. I was asking God how I will get the strength to do what he commands and His answer was this:
    "Observe therefore all the commands I'm giving you today, so that you may have strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess." (Deut. 11:8) I was puzzled because I was asking for the strength to obey and the answer was: "you will get the strength when you obey". But God is merciful and good. He made me understand that many times I was only making excuses for being disobedient. I was saying: "I'm not strong enough, I'm socially incompetent, I'm tired, I'm sick, I'm busy and blah, blah, blah, In other words, I was saying: "Look, God, I'm weak therefore I can't obey". And then, I was waiting for some "sign" or "feeling" that could make me feel stronger so I could start obeying. However, this verse taught me how wrong I was. God wants me to obey regardless of my feelings. If I obey Him, then His strength will fill me and I will be able to accomplish his purpose to the very end. He only wants a willing heart, and He has already given His Holy Spirit to me! So it is time to act!

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  8. What a great and difficult challenge we need to consider each morning we wake up. God is actually challenging me in this issue right now: A friend whom I haven't spoken with in 4 years called me up last night and asked if Scott and I could get together with her and her family. They live in Puyallup, and we will have to give up most of our day to go (we'll be going Sunday after church.) Also, they are very different from us, and it will be a little outside of our comfort zones. May we follow through, and may the Lord use this time to bring honor and glory to his name.

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